Linnaeus’s ideas and the acts of his apostles coincide with a general definition of economy as the doctrine of wise stewardship of scarce resources, which could be applied to both nature and human society. But beyond this, the philosophical, economic, and scientific thinking of Linnaeus and his contemporaries was historically distinguished by the belief that resources, as for example the number of species, could normally increase in one place simply by shrinking in another.
Professor of history at Stockholm University. Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Professor Arne Jarrick is currently conducting a project on cultural dynamics and the global history of law at the Center for the Study of Cultural Evolution, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.